Methods of Art – Archive of Artists Interviews


* 1977, is a Swiss theatre and film director, journalist, essayist, and lecturer. Rau studied sociology, German and Roman studies in Paris, Zurich, and Berlin under Tzvetan Todorov and Pierre Bourdieu, among others. In 2007, Rau founded the theatre and film production company International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM) which he has been running ever since. His productions, campaigns and films („Montana“, „The Last Days of the Ceausescu“, „Hate Radio“, „City of Change“, „The Moscow Trials“, „The Zurich Trials“, „The Civil Wars“, „The Dark Ages“) have been invited to some of the biggest national and international festivals, including the Festival d’Avignon, the Berliner Theatertreffen, and the Kunstenfestival Brussels. The Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique recently named him one of Europe’s „most sought-after directors“, with the German weekly Der Freitag describing him as „the most controversial theatre director of his generation“. In 2014 he won the first „Swiss Theatre Award“, the prestigious „Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden“ (for „Hate Radio“), the „Jury Price“ at the „Festival Politik im Freien Theater“ (for „The Civil Wars“), and the „Special Price“ at the German Film Festival (for „The Moscow Trials“).


The interview was conducted in November 2013 at the artist’s house in Cologne, Germany.

Interviewed by: Johannes M. Hedinger

Filmed and recorded by: Sandra Korintenberg, Louisa Genova, Konstanze Schütze

Edited by: Paul Barsch

Transcript by: Lea Hoßbach

Translated by: Lisa James, Laura Maschlanka

Produced by: University of Cologne, Institut für Kunst&Kunsttheorie